Students take part in Tech 2018

Students from Blue Ridge Intermediate Junior High in Mansfield and from Monticello Middle School were in Springfield May 10 as part of TECH 2018. State Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) met with the students and they demonstrated their project in the Capitol.

New Piattran director sought

Piatt County is looking for a new transportation director after the resignation of Eileen Sierra-Brown. Her resignation was reluctantly accepted by the county board on May 9.

A great 125-year run for Monticello Woman's Club

Women’s Suffrage? Yep, they were right there, fighting for their right to vote.

Hungry children after the stock market crash of 1929? They hosted lunches that fed 95 kids each Wednesday during those tough times.

Nursing Home addressing faulty boilers

Boiler problems at the Piatt County Nursing Home can be traced back to a faulty model being installed seven years ago, according to the facility’s executive director.

Bement board endorses concealed carry change

On a 4-3 vote, the Bement school board has become the first in Piatt County and possibly Central Illinois to endorse a possible change in the state’s concealed carry law that would allow individual school districts to decide whether or not to allow staff to carry firearms at school.

Library announces new e-book, e-audio platform

A new digital platform that allows instantaneous e-book and movie downloads is the latest service offered by the Allerton Public Library District.

County police coverage coming to Cerro Gordo

Law enforcement items took center stage at the Piatt County board meeting May 9, as the board approved a contract between the sheriff's department and the Village of Cerro Gordo for police coverage.

Also approved unanimously was an effort that will likely bring a county school resource officer on board.

Memorial service planned for PFC Burke

Most people in Monticello have heard of Private First Class Robert C. Burke. The local American Legion post bears his name, as does the park that surrounds the town swimming pool. His photo and brief but distinguished military record are spelled out in a display at the Piatt County Courthouse.

Busy summer planned at Allerton library

There will be plenty of activities for area youth to take part in at the Allerton Public Library this summer, particularly in June. At least one event is planned each weekday next month at the Monticello-based library.

'Do not knock' effort delayed

Implementation of a “do not knock” list for peddlers in Monticello will wait at least two weeks as language in a proposed amendment to the city’s solicitation ordinance is cleaned up.

If approved, residents could place their properties on a list of addresses where commercial solicitors would not be allowed.

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